Continuing my Work + Travel series, I wanted to share what a day working on the road actually looks like for me. No two days are ever alike (which is part of while I love it so much) but I thought this breakdown would give you a good idea of how I mix work with days that I'm traveling.
I was in Seattle for three nights last week and it was great. The weather was good and I had fun with good friends of mine there. Here's a look at how my Thursday went:
9:30am: I stayed at my friend Joe's place and while he got up early to go to work, I woke up to say goodbye then went back to sleep. The first thing I did was check my email and get back to my assistant on some kit shipping questions. Then I set up a styled photo to post on Instagram. A friend of mine who does social media for Madcap coffee asked me to share a photo featuring their coffee. Happy to do it because Madcap is from my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It took me about thirty minutes to set up, run the photo through VSCO, and get it posted with all the right tags.
11:30am: I spent a good thirty minutes hanging out with Joe's dog Wrigley before I left. Just because he is so super cute.
12:00pm: A good day for me requires a lot of coffee. I really wanted to check out Milstead + Co. in Freemont for coffee so I packed up my laptop to settle in for some work over there. Instead I ended up running into my friend from NYC right outside the coffee shop, so we chatted for an hour at the coffee shop. Work got put on hold and it kind of made me antsy that I wasn't able to get on my computer that afternoon. Ok not kind of. Made me really antsy.
1:30pm: I had an appointment in the afternoon so I drove over to the Capitol Hill neighborhood to quickly grab lunch at Oddfellows. I tried to eat a sandwich but was distracted by things on my phone. I just like to know what's going on. All the time. It's a problem. I spent about forty-five minutes at Oddfellows but I wish it was longer because that place is divine.
2:30pm: Emilia, the marketing manager for Molly Moon's Ice Cream had reached out on Instagram and invited me in to the Capitol Hill shop to share some ice cream with her. It was so nice and a delicious treat! We talked a lot about Instagram, marketing, traveling, and Seattle food. She generously sent me home with some ice cream to take back home to Joe.
4:00pm: I had to drop the car off to Joe so he could go to a work meeting, so from his office downtown I walked to the Seattle Public Library. This is definitely one of the coolest libraries I've ever been to and if you get a chance to go, do it! It's really beautiful and the sun was shining which made it bright + airy.
4:30pm: At the library I was finally able to open my computer. Except that 4:30 on the West Coast is 7:30 on the East coast and I felt like I had missed out on a whole day of work. I hate that feeling. But I was able to catch up on emails and I wrote a blog post for Friday. I've tried to be getting my posts written and uploaded days in advance but I'd gotten behind (I'd counted on wifi on a long flight earlier that week and I couldn't get online - pitfall of working on the road.) It took me about forty-five minutes to put together the blog post on fold over bags.
6:30pm: I headed back to Joe's to let Wrigley out and take him for a walk. I caught up on social media stuff while waiting for Joe to get home.
7:30pm: Joe + I went to dinner at Delancey. Pizza along with really good wood fired oysters. We had a good time. I was supposed to have a 9pm Google chat with my web developer but we had to wait a while for a table at dinner and then took us a bit to get home.
9:30pm: Google chat with my web developer who is helping me re-do my website. Hooray. Look for a make-over coming soon.
10:15pm: Joe + I watch A League of Their Own while talking about social media, advertising, and bloggers. He works in marketing for a major brand so I ask him one billion questions. We spent about thirty minutes setting up my Google AdShare and trying to get a banner in my sidebar.
11:30pm: time for bed and phone + computer off for the night.
This day flew by and in retrospect I wasn't doing a whole lot, just going from one place to another more often that I do. Putting in a few hours on my computer did not seem like enough and I wish I had gotten in more time. I didn't design a single thing which is something I definitely needed to have done that day. I did get to spend time with three important people, who all made the day more enjoyable.
Another random note is that I consider my time on Instagram work. Even posting three photos a day does take up a solid chunk of my time and I look at is as time spent marketing my brand. It's not just a fun thing for me. Which is good and also bad.
So that's some insight onto a day for me working on the road. I hope you're enjoying these work + travel posts and if there's anything you'd like me to cover, I'd love to hear it!